Write for Rights in Your Classroom
“Write for Rights is such a great way for students to learn a new writing skill while gaining an appreciation for activism. My students loved participating!”
-Prof. Jones, College English Instructor
“This was an awesome opportunity to empower students to exercise their rights and their voice.”
-Ms. Allen, High School English/Language Arts Teacher
“I would recommend this as a class project for others in my field.”
-Prof. McCabe Lashua, College History Instructor
3 Steps to Write for Rights in Your Classroom:
1. Sign up as an educator. Receive support, resources and updates on the cases.
2. Write letters in your classroom. All you need is one class period, our Educator’s Guide, envelopes and postage.
3. Report and send your letters by January 31st:
- Either simply mail all letters written by your students in one envelope to:
Amnesty International USA
Attn: Classroom Write for Rights
1 N. LaSalle St, Suite 875
Chicago, IL 60602
- Or use this easy online form to let us know how many letters your students wrote, and mail your letters to the addresses included on each case sheet within the Educator’s Guide
After reporting your letters, you can receive a classroom certificate thanking you and your students for participating in Write for Rights 2016. You will also be entered into a drawing to win a $500 gift card!
Your Students Can Change Lives
This authentic writing activity promotes an understanding of global connectivity and the power of your students’ words to change our world. Your students will gain an introduction to human rights through six individual cases, and become empowered to construct both effective letters to help end the human rights violations in each case, and messages of support to the individuals impacted.
Write for Rights is Amnesty International’s annual letter-writing marathon—it is the largest grassroots human rights event in the world, and it changes lives every year.
Three of the five cases for whom students wrote last year have already seen progress: student leader Phyoe Phyoe Aung (below) was released from prison in Myanmar; the government of Burkina Faso publicly pledged to end child marriage in the country; and Albert Woodfox was released from prison in Louisiana after 40 years of solitary confinement.
“Thank you very much each and every one of you. Not just for campaigning for my release, and the release of other prisoners, but for helping to keep our hope and our beliefs alive. I hope that together we will continue our struggle until our shared dream for human rights and justice for all come true.”
-Phyoe Phyoe Aung, released in April 2016
- Educator’s Guide to Write for Rights
- Sample Write for Rights Service Learning Projects
- Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- Amnesty International State of the World 2015-2016
For questions or support, please contact [email protected] or call (212) 633-4167.